Project Management Demystified: Today's Tools and Techniques by Geoff Reiss
By Geoff Reiss
In transparent and concise writing Reiss provides a framework for realizing the ideas of venture administration. First he introduces you to the jargon after which is going notwithstanding 9 steps you must achieve a winning venture. He addresses severe course issues, and source allocation. His part on standards for selecting software program used to be informative, however the scope of the courses he discusses is way past the wishes of a small store.
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The budget lists the items on which you expect to spend money and indicates how much you expect to spend on each. On the basis of a satisfactory budget you commit to the project. Each time you spend some money you check it against the budget. If you find that the roof costs more than you planned, you might choose cheaper floor coverings. All the time you are in touch with expenditure and are able to 20 Getting the words in the right order make sensible decisions based on the state of the budget to date.
Then you translate the information into the language of critical path analysis and take the plan back to them to check the ideas. People tend to be optimistic about planning. If you ask an engineer how long it will take, say, to build the gearbox, he might say ‘two weeks’. Then ask him what is involved; perhaps the two of you might draw up a small barchart for the gearbox build. Talk about other work he is likely to have on at that time and don’t forget weekends and holidays. By the time you have finished adding realism, you could be easily up to three weeks and on the way to four.
If these people don’t perform, you can, at least as a last resort, claim that you told them what was required. You can discuss the information requirements with your senior managers and provide them with exactly the format they requested. You can check from time to time that they are getting the information they need. The wise project management expert chooses to ask such questions when the project is going well and keeps out of sight during other times. ’ The plan also provides a yardstick against which to monitor the project.